Our Laboratory of Cellulose & Wood Materials has an opening for a
We invites applications for a PhD student position on the self-assembly of nanocellulose and fungal proteins into functional cellulose biohybrid materials. Together with our team of experienced scientists, you will contribute to the development of the next generation of sustainable biocomposite materials. This project bridges our activities in the fields of nanocelluloses and applied fungal biotechnology. The goal of the project is to investigate, at a fundamental level, the mode of interaction of nanocelluloses and fungal protein aggregates and use this knowledge to tune their mutual co-assembly. We envision that the generated knowledge will lead to the discovery of novel functional material formulations (e.g. films, functionalized aerogels, foams and emulsions) that could have biomedical (e.g. antimicrobial coatings, drug delivery) or food science applications (e.g. stable foams/emulsions).
We offer a fully funded PhD position at Empa, the Swiss research institute for materials science and technology, to conduct cutting-edge research for the benefits of industry and the wellbeing of society. Applications are open immediately and will remain open until July 31, 2020.